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CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 1:00pm EST
. we just had an -- we have board of elections. i'm going to talk -- federal government wants to do one thing in a can help us. send us more money to buy new machines. because our machines are old. our maintenance contracts are wearing out. this is all done at the local level. they got us addicted to these new expensive machines and our machines are getting old and there's no federal dollars to replace them. and then, oh, by the way, budgets are being cut. it's going from the federal to the state to the local. and so we had -- we just had an announcement where the county that was cnn was at, said it could be the most important county in ohio, that their board just laid off a third of their work pours. and now they may be able to come back and replace those folks with temporary workers down the road, but it's talent and training and all of those things that we continue to go on the cheap. we can't run a world-class election system on the cheap. it's just not possible. you can't ask a system to do more and more and more and more, have fewer resources, older equipment and less trained
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 1:00pm EST
dust settled that horrific night, details were brought to light about our government's role in supplying weapons found at the scene of the crime. through operation fast and furious, a fundamentally flawed gun-running operation, ran by the u.s. department of justice, weapons like those found at the scene nearly two years ago were allowed to be purchased by a middleman and passed along to some of the dangerous cartels in mexico without the proper law enforcement's interdiction and justice. subsequently, numerous hearings have been held to demand answers as to how this program came to be, who authorized it and who knew about it. my goals are simple. justice and accountability. not just for brian terry who lost his life and the brave men serving him that night but also justice for the hundreds of mexicans who also lost their lives from the weapons from the fast and furious scheme. as i close, please join me in a moment of silence for those lives who have been lost and the loved ones that they leave behind. for my part, i will continue to demand answers for the department of justice
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 1:00pm EST
government takeover of health care and now what they want to do is diminish another 700,000 jobs. no, sir, we're not going to fall victim to that. i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: let me yield myself two seconds to say it is not a government takeover of health care. it will be performed by private insurance companies an i'm deliked to yield two minutes to my colleague and gentleman from new york, mr. crowley. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. crowley: thank you, mr. speaker. ladies and gentlemen of america, this is not a mirage. we are actually here in this building, the u.s. capital -- capitol, america, your congress is in session and we're here to work. yet my republican colleagues refuse to bring up the middle class tax cut bill that is right behind me at this desk. now my colleague from texas can continue to talk about what happened in august of this year. you know, staging votes for the election, that took place. i know the results of the election. when our constituents are concerned -- wh
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 5:00pm EST
woolsey came to congress with a compelling story about how with the helping hand from her government she was able to raise three children by herself and have a successful career serving the people of marina and sonoma counties. she's been a tireless voice for family-friendly policies, for protecting the coastline of northern california and for bringing our troops home and ending the misguided wars in iraq and afghanistan. lynn was a leader of the congressional progressive caucus and i call her the mom of the caucus. and her passionate voice on progressive issues, she will be missed. her leadership will be missed and it will be a great vacuum for us to fill in the future. bob filner had a years' long odyssey for filipino veterans who fought along u.s. troops in world war ii but were denied benefits through their service. so the war -- the united states congress broke its promise it had made to these veterans and for decades to follow, they struggled to secure fair treatment, similar to that afforded to the men who fought alongside them. as chairman of veterans' affairs committee, bob
CSPAN
Dec 10, 2012 5:00pm EST
requires government to facilitate rather than later uncertainty. that is almost like a test tube of forcing. we had a time in which we had a huge amount of uncertainty. comes from -- some comes from government action. we had an aggressive regulatory agenda. we have not made a certain investments we have made. you add that up and you have a period in which businesses are operating under huge weight. creates the conditions under which businesses can operate in intellectual freedom. among the things government can do is create the conditions under which cost [no audio] to allow businesses to innovate. >> one of the statistics i looked at how to do with reducing regulatory barriers and i thought this was amazing. 20 employees spent 36% more to comply with regulations and that goes to the heart of what we consider to be the innovation story in this country. the small startup and that is what we're looking for as we look for the next big economic success story are the start-ups. the serbs that may have been around for a while. -- startups that may have been around for a while. as they inc
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 5:00pm EST
republican party can do a better job of limited government and freep enterprise movement and connect those policies. >> why has there been a failure to connect? >> i'm not sure there is one reason for it and i haven't had time to think about it why it has happened but it needs to happen. the principles we stand for, free enterprise and limited government is the only way to stabilize and grow our middle class which i hope every american can attain. >> how worried are you about the republican chances -- >> you mean from the voters' perspective. the demographic changes? i don't think any voter in america -- there are voters that are locked into one party or the other but the fastest growing group is people who vote for candidates and not parties and people understand the issues and hopes that they have and offer real and concrete policy situations and real role for government to play in addressing those angst yits they face. we are one election away to do it. we have to recognize what it is and concentrate on doing it. >> how much of a danger to republicans do you think is posed by the
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 5:00pm EST
better than the federal government to responding to claims. it would seem to me that if you look declaims forms for an insurance company, you could probably take a lesson to get yourself quite a bit of information. item 16 says coverage tie. most people are kind of blank and don't deal with that. but if you had them checked a box, such as property, contents, business interruption, they could check the box very quickly and let you know what it was and how much the coverage was. it would seem to me to be critical when you were examining one of these claims. i assume that you have a group that works with the claimant as far as dealing with their insurance company. dodge the loan officers deal with the actual agent when they process the application. >> and you feel comfortable with their expertise? insurance companies can be somewhat difficult at times when it comes to claims. >> we have pretty good success dealing with the disaster survivor and the agency. >> i can see i am way over, but i have a number of other questions. in any event, if i were you, i would take a look at the appl
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 1:00pm EST
months. and it's grave for the obvious fact that we believe that the assad government has weapononized chemical and biological agents and put them in a position where they can be used fairly rapidly. as you look back over the 20 months of this conflict, this follows a series of events, one leading to the other which people said could not happen. this began, remember, with peaceful demonstrations. and when assad was unable to control them or suppress, he began to fire on his own people and they began to defend themselves in a very unfair fight which everyone thought we should take sides on the side of freedom and give the freedom fighters the weapons with which they could fight. it happened much too late. and people said, at least he's not using his air force to attack his own people and then he began to attack his own people from the air. now more than 40,000 killed. so when we see the government of assad weaponize chemical and biological agents and put them in bombs, we know this is a leader with no limits and unfortunately he follows his father who proved capable of usin
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 1:00pm EST
of government, and the president is proposing to grow it more. to spend more. the problem is isn't tax policy, mr. speaker. the problem is spending. you know, mr. speaker, we hear a lot about fairness. i want to talk a little bit about that now. i'm going to switch to tax policy because that's what everybody seems to be obsessed with in the media. i want to make sure we dispel some of the myths of what's going on there. i went to dictionary.com as i'm apt to do, mr. speaker, and printed out what fair is. they said free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice. the first definition. free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice. and two, legitimately thought, pursued, done, or given proper under the rules. fair. but i think we all support fairness. i'm certain that we do, but i'm absolute certain what president obama believes is fair is different from what the people i represent believe is fair. and what i brought here, mr. speaker, is a chart from the joint committee on taxation, that's the group here on capitol hill that is in charge of measuring all the tax policy, it's a nonpartisan group
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 9:00am EST
the federal government if it is not paid out? once you open up a claim, just because you have got to clean open, you have $4,000 in your account -- massachusetts, you might have $15,000 in your account. that money, if you do not dried out, the state keeps it, i believe. -- draw it out, the state keeps it, i believe. guest: i am not sure how that would be handled. the difference between what is happening in the state fund, which is state-funded, and the federal reimbursement, i believe the federal reimbursement only goes to the states after they pick up the money. guest: that is my understanding as well. i did nothing states are able to keep money that is not disbursed to the unemployment. -- do not think states are able to keep money that is not disbursed to the unemploymed. -- unemployed. host: for you, mr. tanner, who is better at running these programs, the state governments or federal governments? guest: states have very different economic climates. what is going on the dakotas right now, they're not even eligible for this emergency unemployment extended benefits, versus new york
CSPAN
Dec 10, 2012 12:00pm EST
? >> look, i think for those of us in a government job, where you want to be like the classic economic book is you want to look for where we are under- investing as a country or where we have too little capital as a country calling to the private sector enterprises, where because of individual private actors do not feel they get the full benefit from those investments, but we as a country would be richer if there was more investment in those areas. one of the things we are trying to look at is -- the expression is where are the death, where are those places for innovative processes where they are not able to get the capitals to become one of the fast-growing companies? the hard part of the government level is you have to ask, is it a valley of death because it should be a valley of death? because it does not make sense for the private or public sector to be investing in companies like that? or is it a case where there really is a market failure, where it may not make sense for particular venture funds to invest in certain companies, but if we had a broader investment, some would prospe
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 7:00pm EST
literature and geography, these are the early days 1980. our subjects were replaced by government propaganda. i had grown up readingern necessary hemmingway and poetry and now i had to face propaganda eight hours a day and i was 14 years old. what do you think when having fun becomes illegal? how political can a 14-year-old get? but you the 14-year-old becomes political. that was the basis of all the protests that began in iran as early as 1980. now, sharia law came into iran very early after the revolution, and under sharia law democracy and freedom of the citizen is impossible. the thing of sharia law that govern iran in 1979 and 1980 are still in place. they're have something cosmetic changes here and there depending on what administration is president of iran. if you wore nail polish you could get away with it. but does that really make a big difference? does that mean that iran becomes free and independent are in khamenei? no. under this constitution freedom and democracy in iran is impossible. i'm sure you all know about the american hostages. everybody knows about that. but just after
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 10:00am EST
don't have. mr. speaker, in the article, and i quote, the afghan government is pursuing a peace initiative in which pakistan would replace the united states in arranging talks between the warring sides and the taliban will be granted government posts that effectively see to them political control of the southern and eastern strongholds. mr. speaker, those areas are where we've lost most of our young men and women fighting the war in afghanistan, and yet we're going to give those areas that our young men and women died to the taliban so they can control it. where is the outrage here in congress? i do not know. mr. speaker, in plain english, afghanistan is allowing pakistan and the taliban to control half the country. and while the taliban take back afghanistan, how does this make any sense? where is the outrage? the american people are outraged, mr. speaker, but not congress. mr. speaker, i have beside me a poster that tells pain. there's this little girl sitting in her mother's arms. the mother is crying. the little girl is so young she doesn't know why this army officer is pres
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 5:00pm EST
energy is a leading character in good government. the president must lead in a divided government and must not advocate his or her responsibility. president obama has the responsibility to propose a real bipartisan plan to avert the fiscal cliff that can pass both the house and the senate. withdrawing from the recommendations of the simpson- bowles commission, the president could propose a plan that would not only avert the so-called fiscal cliff, but also help us avert the yawning fiscal of this ivory for me -- it this goal -- fiscal abyss. if president obama were to offer such a plan, republicans would act favorably. going over the cliff is unnecessary. as it has been observed in "the wall street journal," the president is boxing in the republicans. he is offering them a deal they cannot accept. first, the president has repeatedly called for a balanced solution involving both revenue and less spending. what is obvious to the most casual observer is that this plan is not a balanced. the fiscal cliff involves nearly four dollars of anticipated revenue from higher taxes for every d
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 10:00am EST
was in the clinton administration and in charge of of the social programs and the federal government i had a wonderful staff of civil servants, highly trained, highly competent. i would not have wanted to pay them a lot less. they were doing the work that you seem to want to have done, which is to scrutinize all of these programs and put pressure on the agencies to cut those that are not working and to ferret out all of the inefficiencies as well as the fraud. i think jim has had some experiences. guest: the federal government has tried to roll up waste and fraud, but when taxpayer money is involved it is different than a private enterprise. the ability for fraud to creep into government programs financed by taxes is much tighter than private enterprises -- because shareholders have their own money that they invest. there are a certain amount of problems. for instance, medicare, probably in the order of $60 billion per year in a wasteful and fraudulent payments. this is a huge number. it is in part because medicare programs paying a billion claims a year for medical services. the abi
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 5:00pm EST
secretary suggested the syrian government has preparations of chemical weapons and the administration is not as concerned about this as they were last week, is that accurate? and what has changed? >> i'm not going to get into assessments beyond what secretary of defense pa net -- panetta said. i would simply reiterate our clear warning to the assaad regime about the potential use of or proliferation of weapons and that warning was made by the president and that warning stands. we take this very seriously and were the assaad regime to unwisely make the wrong choice here, there would be consequences. >> jay, the incoming and outgoing leaders on the house foreign affairs committee have written a letter calling on the president to close the p.l.o. office in washington. will he do that? >> i haven't seen the letter, i'll have to take the question. >> to clarify, the administration is looking for concrete specifics but you also say they're not discussing this sunday's meet tweeng the president and the speaker are you separating the two? are you saying it has to be brought forth by the republic
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 10:00am EST
government. and secondly, we live in an increasingly dangerous world with increasing threats against our citizens and targets that are viewed as high profile. for those reasons, mr. speaker and others, i earnestly believe those who serve this country as president should never have to worry about their personal safety. under current law, protection for president obama and president george w. bush will cease after 10 years. both men are young, enjoy good health and have long lives ahead of them postpresidency. this bill proposes to extend that security for the remainder of their lives. there's an unintended anomaly, mr. speaker, that were current law not changed, barbara bush would have more safety than if they were president themselves. the person and the symbol of our presidency is safe and secure for the occuration of their natural lives. with that i would yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from michigan. mr. conyers: mr. speaker, before i yield to the distinguished gentlelady from texas, i'd like to observe the great relationship that has been form
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 10:00am EST
debt. sovereign entity states and governments, countries, will have debt to finance the things they cannot pay for out tried. i used to work an invisible bond department of a wall street firm. there were all kinds of bonds, which is debt of cities and countries and states. of course there is the federal debt. as i recall, some people with fiduciary responsibility are only allowed to select investments that have very high ratings. the highest raiders in the world, at one time -- rated in the world, at one time, was the united states of america. and widows and orphans funds will invest in government bonds. host: alma, thank you for your call. we will consider your suggestion. the senate banking, housing and urban affairs committee is about to hold a hearing on the oversight of the fha program. shaun donovan will be testifying. we will be going to that as soon as that hearing begins. i want to show you this article in "the new york times took ." president obama plans to ask congress for about $50 billion for emergency funds to help rebuild the state's the were ravaged by hurricane sand
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 10:00am EST
included in afghan society and government. several years ago i visited a school where over 1,000 young afghan girls cycled through each day of all ages, very young up to high school. when we asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up, the answers we heard from doctor, lawyer, teacher, even journalist. these are exactly what so many of our own young daughters hope to achieve. these young women felt optimistic about opportunities that were previously unheard of for women in afghanistan. and represent a future of promise for this country. we should take great pride in the work that we have done to elevate their sight lines. ensuring that these young girls continue to have access to these opportunities in more broadly ensuring that women are able to participate in afghan society as a whole is not only good for the future of afghanistan, it is good for the united states as well. so that we can help ensure a more peaceful and just future there. on monday, we were starkly reminded of the tenuous position of women in afghanistan when the acting head of women's affairs in an east
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2012 3:35pm EST
asset, not a liability, as we try to govern this country in the 21st century. and i look forward to staying in touch with jim and to working with him at the heritage foundation to see what we can do to improve the fate of our country so we will not become greece. no one is more worried about this nation's unsustainable debt situation than senator demint. i've seen him deinvolve over time to someone who could just not sit quietly, who had to take up the cause. in the 2010 election cycle, he was one of the strongest voices is he h would a lost our way that we'd lost our way in washington. jim is a kind, sincere man, an individual who is a joy to be around. when it comes to what's going on america, jim undstands that if we don't make some changes we're going to lose our way of life. that's what's driven him above all else, to try to keep our country a place to be place where you can be anything. i look forward to working with jim in the private sector. from a personal point of view, we've had a great ride together. it has been fun. it has been challenging, and i think we put south caro
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2012 5:35pm EST
-- the task here in washington, it will be difficult to convince the u.s. government to change the way it has done business over the last 30 years -- some of that is necessary. the task is, how do you play the right role of engaging here? it is not naively giving money to liberal groups and not having a strategy. i believe this is a significant task inside egypt. it is an encouraging sign -- this is my prediction, it is going to force islamist political parties, at least elements of it to change their ideology. if the system remains open, if there is a big debate, i did not see it going backwards in terms of the diversity in egypt. it is hard for me to imagine that going backwards. >> we're going to move toward closing remarks. we will go in reverse order. bret you can have your two minutes. >> 1979, an influential article was written, dictatorships and double standards. he argued -- in a position of find myself increasingly attracted to -- the united states is better served secular authoritarian regimes against totalitarian alternatives. totalitarian alternatives, then as now, often beco
CSPAN
Dec 10, 2012 12:35am EST
find out? it is irresponsible to govern the country this way. the sequester and across the board cut, it is bat policy. everybody knows it is bad policy. we are very close to doing it. i find the whole situation unsatisfying. host: our phone lines are open and you can also send us an e- mail. you work for a number of members of the democratic party. you work for the president. a question that comes up often is why there is a partisan divide. what has changed over the last 20 or 30 years? guest: we only have an hour so we cannot go through all of that. there are a lot of things. there are some extraordinary changes. politics as a con tact sport is a substantial change from when i worked on the hill. they did not agree on anything, but they enjoy each other's company. i have seen with my own eyes republicans and democrats refuse to get on the same elevator these days. as to how juvenile it has become. the parties are not as strong. there is a lot of independents relative to leadership. things are not the same. host: what have you seen over the past two decades? guest: i think the quali
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2012 9:35pm EST
three groups. the academy, the government, and the private sector. we will rely on veteran journalist alan murrey to introduce the panelists. he is a long-time friend who recently left his online post as deputy managing editor and executive edit of "the wall street journal" to become president of the research center next month. in his 30-year career at "the wall street journal" he served as numerous roles. during his years as chief he won three pulitzer prices as well as many awards. he is also the author of many abooks. "the welt of choices" how the new economy puts power in your hands and money in your pockets." lawmakers and lobbyists which he co-authored with jeffrey. he received an award. he has also received two overseas press club awards for his writings on asia. in addition to serving on the council, he is a member of the gridiron club, the council on foreign relations. he also happened to serve a long time ago at the board of visitors not too far away from virginia, the university of north carolina. please join me now in welcoming our moderator, alan murray. >> thank you, gov
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2012 3:40am EST
the united states. local governments and state governments have a critical role to play making sure the water system stays safe. >> how are you doing? the doctors -- i have all the respect for the doctors. they went to school so long i cannot believe them. i am 65. about 1950 to adopt the mobs and they went to my brain. i think the doctors ought to have on that a little bit and let people know what can happen to their children if they are not vaccinated against mobs. guest: the caller makes a good point. these childhood diseases where you hardly ever see them anymore, they are still serious diseases. moms contribute complications that underscores the fundamental thing that we have been talking about it. not only for influenza, but for the childhood diseases. it is the reason why we continue to have recommended vaccinations to avoid the complications the caller mentioned it. host: we have talked about a lot this morning. aside from what we have talked about, what is the other thing you are concerned about when it comes to america oppose the health. guest: we need to keep our guard up
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